Wednesday, February 4, 2015

2/4: Possum, Dapper Dan Clemente, Bronson...

Possum, Dapper Dan Clemente, Bronson...
  • 1890 - UT George “Possum” (he picked up his nicknamed because of his tales of backwoods possum hunting) Whitted was born in Durham, North Carolina. Possum played in Pittsburgh from 1919-21, hitting .286 while manning first, third and left field. But he could play just about anywhere. Possum was the first rookie in history to start at every position (except pitcher and catcher) during a season.
Possum Whitted via Wikipedia
  • 1962 - Roberto Clemente was given the Dapper Dan Man of the Year Award after hitting .351 in 1961 to claim the NL batting title, his first of four crowns. Ex-Pittsburgh mayor and then Pennsylvania governor David Lawrence presented Clemente with his plaque. The Great One said on acceptance that “This award belongs to the fans and my teammates as much as it does to me." 
Roberto Clemente at the 1962 Dapper Dan; Gov. Lawrence is on his right (Teenie Harris collection via Carnegie Museum of Art/Heinz History Center)
  • 2003 - The Red Sox claimed Bronson Arroyo off waivers from the Pirates. After three seasons and a 9-14/5.44 ERA for Pittsburgh, he’s quietly worked another decade in the show since then, winning 100+ games with a resume of an inning eater. He’s now with the Arizona D-Backs after an eight year run with the Cincinnati Reds. 
Bronson Arroyo 2000 Upper Deck series

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